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UPDATE 1-Imperial Tobacco reports some revenue improvement (Adds executive, analyst comments, share activity)

reported a slight acceleration in revenue on Wednesday as consumer spending picked up in some markets. Shares of the company, whose brands include Davidoff and Gauloises, were up 2.6 percent by 0847 GMT.
Reuters
added May 6, 2015 10:46
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PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL INC. TO HOST WEBCAST OF PRESENTATION AT GOLDMAN SACHS GLOBAL STAPLES FORUM

will host a live audio webcast of the company’s remarks and question-and-answer session by André Calantzopoulos, Chief Executive Officer, who will be joined by Jacek Olczak, Chief Financial Officer, at the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Forum at www.pmi.com
Philip Morris International (ch)
added May 6, 2015 10:52
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Exclusive - World Bank's pension investments clash with principles

indirectly invests part of its $18.8 billion (£12.4 billion) staff pension fund in companies in industries such as coal and tobacco, holdings that clash with the development institution's own calls for ethical and low-carbon investing.
Reuters
added May 8, 2015 11:02
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LETTERS: Divestment Campaigns

Should universities focus on “sustainable investments” rather than divestment?...Divestment from fossil fuel companies, like divestment from tobacco and South Africa, helps stigmatize companies whose business models are incompatible with any sensible resp
New York Times
added May 2, 2015 17:11
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[USA] Are E-Cigarettes Getting Stubbed Out?

Global trade data site Panjiva reported recently that shipments of e-cigarettes entering US. ports have been declining since late 2013...Meanwhile, shipments of actual tobacco—you know, the carcinogenic stuff that kill you—have actually been on the rise:.
Trefis
added May 4, 2015 19:39
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Philip Morris International Inc. to Host Webcast of 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders

will host a live audio webcast of its 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders at www.pmi.com/webcasts on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. ET. The webcast will be in a listen-only mode.
Business Wire
added Apr 29, 2015 13:29
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2016 Could Be The Tipping Point For Full Marijuana With Big Tobacco Poised To Strike

Big Tobacco has stopped growing, and they can't do it with more tobacco. They have the capital and infrastructure to grow and supply marijuana, and when the tipping point happens, possibly as soon as 2016, they will go in big. The safest bet for marijuan
Seeking Alpha blog network
added Apr 29, 2015 13:15
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British American Tobacco hit by strong pound, lower sales

reported a drop in first-quarter revenue, hurt by a stronger pound and as more people cut back on smoking. Tobacco companies are grappling with falling sales as people cut back on smoking due to higher taxes and growing health consciousness. In response,
Reuters
added Apr 29, 2015 06:12
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CVS takes tobacco off the shelves, reports record sales. Coincidence?

So much for sustainability moves denting profits. CVS Health in the US managed record sales in 2014 – increasing net revenues by 9.9% to $139.4bn – despite a major rebrand that involved taking lucrative tobacco products off the shelves.
2degrees (uk)
added Apr 27, 2015 08:51
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Holy Smoke - My Favorite Idea That Everyone Knows But Doesn't Understand

Altria is my favorite idea that everyone knows but no one understands. ...The indicators for Altria's future performance are actually more negative than positive. It's a matter of time before its foundation is shaken yet again. It's time to short Altria.
Seeking Alpha blog network
added Apr 25, 2015 12:27
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